Not only are Labor disappointing federally, but they are locally as well.
Steve Griffiths is the local Labor councillor for Moorooka Ward, and with the upcoming election for Brisbane’s Lord Mayor and so on, he sent out an application for postal votes, which I filled in and returned to his office.
I received a letter, signed by Mr Griffiths last week to confirm that I had in fact applied for a postal vote through his office and that I should soon receive my ballot papers. It also said he had included his “how-to-vote” card that would show me how to vote to re-elect him in Moorooka Ward, and Greg Rowell for Lord Mayor.
It also went on to state that he (Mr Griffiths) has worked to:
- Increase bus services on 120, 124 and 125 services along with extra air conditioned buses on the busiest routes.
- Fund the Toohey Forest bikeway and park upgrade designs.
- Fund major road upgrades.
- Fund a buyback program for flood affected properties, flood mitigation work and an early warning system.
This is all well and good, great work Mr Griffiths.
Except, I take the 120 bus service regularly, and occasionally the 124 and 125. The only increased bus services that I have seen is the addition of the 119 on almost the same route as the 120, except that it skips my stop coming back from the city, and it doesn’t run at a time useful for me going into the city, and some additional runs during peak hours. Aside from that the service has gotten worse. So, his claim there is only partially true and his “work” has resulted in a worse service for me. That’s a great way to make me want to vote for Labor.
I received another letter today about a proposed mobile phone tower in the middle of one of the parks near here, Brittain Park. Now, mobile phone reception here is perfectly fine, so I see no need for this tower. The letter included a petition form to fill in. Cool, great, we agree, there is no need for a mobile phone tower in the middle of a park.
However, I still haven’t seen my ballot papers. If his office can send me a letter confirming my application, than surely they can send the ballot papers. Their inability to do something as simple as this is appalling. Then there is, as I mentioned above, their only part true claims about the buses here. I can’t comment on the other things except to say that if I can’t trust him and his office on one claim, how can I trust them on the others.
So my point is, if they can’t manage something as simple as sending me ballot papers, and they are more than happy to lie to me on paper, how can I have any confidence at all that they will do anything about the phone tower even if I return the signed petition?
I sent an email expressing my concerns to both of the email addresses provided on the two letters that I have received from his office. Hopefully I will hear something soon.